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- scs-toolSep 11, 2012by
Xoom is an impressive tablet even by today’s standards. Are the apps there?
First, a short summary since this is a long review: The Xoom is an older tablet at a bargain price with still impressive features even better than any iPad in some ways, but somewhat limited in Android application availability and maturity.<br>I purchased this unit in early September 2012 at a transition point in Tablet development. Sort of like the point in the VHS vs. Betamax war if you remember that. Or perhaps HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray. I was lured by the incredible $189 price with free shipping. The unit I received was refurbished, but it appeared new. It came in a plain box with a charger but no manuals. The manuals are available from Motorola online.<br>When I powered the unit on it quickly found my wi-fi network and wanted to upgrade to ICS (Android Ice Cream Sandwich). Sure, why not? Well that brings us to the main problem with this unit, and many other tablets. Adobe no longer supports flash player in Android devices past 4.0.x. Sorry, no watching Amazon prime movies and TV, no videos in CNN and countless other internet sites. I easily did the Flash player side load process and eventually got Flash Player to work, but this is somewhat buggy and not officially supported. So now consumers must endure an Apple vs. Google vs. Adobe vs. Microsoft war.<br>Next up was to duplicate all the apps I have on my iPhone. Perhaps this is not a totally fair comparison because I am comparing iOS Phone Apps vs Android phone apps running on a tablet. It is somewhat ironic that there is a CNN Android "tablet optimized" application, but it can not play video without the Adobe Flash Player sideload (at least for now). Ebay has a very nice iOS app, but the Ebay android app is clunky and primitive. I use a USPS postal app daily, but the app is not available for Android. I love the Amazon app on iOS, but only Amazon mp3 is available for Android. Alas no Korg synth for Android! The Pilot/ Flying J service station app is a good example of iOS vs. Android apps. It is available for both platforms, but the iOS version looks better and is more refined. Open the app on iOS and a map comes up showing your position and the closest stations. On the Android tablet the app is stretched out and hard to read and it just brings up the address of the closest station. You then have to click another screen to see the station on a map. On iOS you can scroll down to see other stations, on Android it’s another screen click away and then does not really work unless you go in and set the radius correctly and do a refresh. On iOS I can phone a station and add it to my contact list from the single page. Again on Android you are more clicks and more screens away. I found this more refined and mature user interface on most IOS apps. I could continue with more examples but the point is made. Apple’s long experience with the user interface is obvious. Will Google catch up? The real bottom line here is if you find the apps you need and they work for you, then the Xoom is an excellent tablet. Just keep in mind that 600,000 Android apps does not equal 600,000 Android TABLET apps that you are willing to use.<br>The hardware side is a different story and the Xoom beats the iPad in several ways. The most obvious feature (technically I suppose this is SW) is voice recognition. I use iOS Siri daily and love it. But it is not yet available on the iPad tablets. Google Voice works extremely well on the Xoom, sometimes better than Siri and certainly more responsive. Well I am out of space part 2?Read full review
- prob6016Jun 17, 2015by
would possibly buy another
I have 3 of them, very happy!! This is my third one. I gave two to grandkids and they just love them. easy to operate
- chefchris000May 31, 2015by
Great tablet, great price, big screen i love it
After searching for a tablet for about 3 months i finally found this xoom at a great price. Everything works like it should the screen is great especially for reading comics. The only thing that i didn't realize is how heavy it is, it's not too bad but i just didn't really research the weight before i bought it. Overall it is a great tablet at a great price.
- capcitycompJan 10, 2012by
Great alternative to the iPad.
This tablet is an EXCELLENT alternative to the iPad. No need for iTunes and the Android OS is awesome. I bought this because my wife wanted my iPad. I have not looked back since!! If you use gmail then this is a MUCH better choice than the iPad. I use this Xoom daily and have had no problems as of yet.
- khalilouuOct 20, 2014by
Can't beat it for the price. this thing rocks
needed a tablet with internet everywhere and this thing covers that. There's no need for a fancy ipad or note, the xoom offers everything you need. A bit older compared to others, but gets the job done just like it should, at a cheaper price. I just got it. I will keep it for quite a while